Donald Trump has dismissed “false and nasty” claims that his luxury golf resort in Miami has bed bugs.
The US president said the allegations were “not nice” and blamed “radical left democrats” for “spreading” rumours about the complex which he insisted was the “perfect” venue to host the next G7 summit.
No bedbugs at Doral. The Radical Left Democrats, upon hearing that the perfectly located (for the next G-7) Doral National MIAMI was under consideration for the next G-7, spread that false and nasty rumor. Not nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2019
After he told reporters at this month’s G7 summit in Biarritz that his Doral property would make a great location to stage the next one in 2020, a lawsuit from three years ago resurfaced from a man who claimed he was attacked by the blood-sucking bugs after staying there.
Eric Linder said in court papers in 2016, that while he was a guest at the Jack Nicklaus Villa, he awoke to find he had “multiple welts, lumps and marks over much of his face, neck, arms and torso”.
And after the room was inspected, the papers claim the resort’s management had informed him the guest room had “tested positive for bed bugs”.
It is reported a settlement between the resort and Mr Linder was agreed.
In France this week, Mr Trump praised the Doral, saying: “We have a series of magnificent buildings, very luxurious rooms.”
He added: “We have incredible conference rooms, incredible restaurants.”
The US president said the complex was close to the airport, has plenty of rooms and separate buildings for every delegation and top media facilities.
Government ethics watchdogs, however, have long expressed concerns about Mr Trump earning money off his presidency and hosting foreign leaders at his properties.
“It’s ethics violation squared,” said Kathleen Clark of Washington University School of Law in St Louis.
Larry Noble, a former general counsel at the Federal Election Commission, added: “This is him making it perfectly mandatory that they stay at his resort.”
But at Monday’s news conference in France, Mr Trump said the idea of making money off the summit never entered his mind and that it was in fact other people pushing Doral as a venue, not just him.
He said the US Secret Service and the military had been visiting various sites, claiming: “They went to places all over the country and they came back and they said, ‘This is where we’d like to be'”.
“It’s not about me. It’s about getting the right location.”
He went on: “I’m not going to make any money. I don’t want to make money. I don’t care about making money.”
Source: SKY NEWS